2021 Endorsements

The Victory Fund’s goal is to elect local leaders at every level of government who are committed to taking a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to gun violence prevention. More than 90 local candidates have reached out to us seeking our endorsement so far this year and we’re pleased to announce our primary endorsements.

For the Seattle Mayoral race, the Victory Fund announced a new, “Alliance Approved” designation for gun violence prevention candidates. The categorization comes in lieu of an endorsement in the crowded primary and is designed to inform Seattle voters in a race where candidates overlap significantly on gun responsibility. Jessyn Farrell, Bruce Harrell, Lorena Gonzalez, and Colleen Echohawk have all earned this approval to date! Learn more about the candidates and our thinking here.


Use the search box below to find gun violence prevention champions running to represent you. You can search by name, position, or district.


Anne Artman
Tacoma City Council District 5

Anne is a dedicated community leader. Her experience in community and behavioral health are exactly what is needed right now in Tacoma. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is thrilled to be backing such a champion for people and gun violence prevention.

Kate Akyuz
Mercer Island City Council

Kate Akyuz has a deep understanding of how public health issues intersect and will no doubt be a champion for gun violence prevention policies and programs on the Mercer Island City Council.

Rami Al-Kabra
Bothell City Council Position 7

Rami has been working on anti-racist education and activism in his communities for as long as he can remember. We are excited to support him in raising up and centering those who are most impacted by gun violence.

Jenne Alderks
Bothell City Council Position 3

The Alliance is proud to support Jenne in her race for the Bothell City Council. As a leader in DEI work, we look forward to partnering with her in forwarding GVP policies via an equity lens.

Jeralee Anderson
Redmond City Council Position 6

Jeralee Anderson has been a strong advocate for her community. Her commitment to ensuring transparency and accountability from law enforcement will keep all Redmond families safe.

Jane Aras
Bellevue School Board Position 5

Jane's passion for public education surrounding gun violence prevention will be an asset to the Bellevue School Board. We look forward to partnering with her in communicating with families about what they can do to mitigate risk.

Jay Arnold
Kirkland City Council Position 1

Jay Arnold has proven to be a strong advocate for police reform and gun violence prevention. He is also a dedicated advocate for applying an equity analysis to policy priorities, something we whole-heartedly agree with!

Greg Baruso
Federal Way City Council Position 2

Greg Baruso has spent his career working to ensure safe and thriving communities in Federal Way. As a city councilmember, he will continue to be an active partner in the fight for a safer, more just future.

Dawn Bennett
Kent Mayor

Dawn Bennett is an experienced community leader who has clear values for a safer Kent focused on sustainable support for community-based violence intervention and interruption programming. The Alliance Victory Fund is proud to endorse Dawn for Mayor of Kent!

Neal Black
Kirkland City Council District 5

Through his volunteer work, thoughtful engagement with potential policy solutions, and help leading local efforts in Kirkland, Councilmember Neal Black has demonstrated what GVP championship looks like and what can be done at the city level to stop gun violence.

Elizabeth Bonbright
Tacoma School Board District 5

Elizabeth Bonbright is a systems thinker that has already made an impact on the school board and it's regional priorities for Tacoma's kids. We applaud Elizabeth's passion for this position and will continue to support her efforts to make Tacoma schools safe and equitable.

Stephanie Bowman
Seattle/King County Port Commission Position 3

Stephanie Bowman has already demonstrated that gun violence prevention is a priority. Stephanie has a deep understanding of and commitment to keeping the Port of Seattle safe for travelers, residents and employees.

Barry Buchanan
Whatcom County Council At-Large Position A

Barry Buchanan has proven to be a strong advocate for Whatcom families. He is dedicated to creating a public safety system that serves all people. He is our pick for Whatcom County Council.

Dow Constantine
King County Executive

Dow Constantine has advanced every GVP policy priority the Alliance has brought to him and continues to work closely with us in developing the future of gun violence prevention at the county level.

Leandra Craft
Federal Way City Council Position 5

Given her time serving as a Deputy Prosecutor for King County, Leandra Craft is ready to bring her experience working on alternatives to incarceration to the Federal Way City Council. We look forward to her continued GVP advocacy.

Alicia Crank
Edmonds City Council District 1

Alicia Crank is dedicated to ending gun violence in all its forms and investing in solutions to build strong, thriving communities. She will bring years of community experience and a dedication to gun responsibility to the Edmonds City Council.

Kiara Daniels
Tacoma City Council District 6

Kiara Daniels is dedicated to ensuring that all Tacomans voices are heard. She brings invaluable experience with violence intervention programs and on the community police commission to the fight to end gun violence.

Janice Deccio
Yakima City Council Position 4

Janice Deccio is committed to advancing upstream solutions to gun violence like affordable housing and to working with law enforcement to keep Yakima families safe. She is our pick for Yakima City Council.

Bárbara del Mar Robles
Ellensburg City Council Position 3

Bárbara's expertise as an advocate for victims of domestic violence makes her an extremely strong candidate for Ellensburg City Council. She will undoubtedly continue to center those voices in her new role as councilor.

Rod Dembowski
King County Council District 1

Rod Dembowski has proven himself to be a gun responsibility champion in his time on the King County Council by advocating for ERPO implementation, taxes on guns & ammunition, and reforms to the county Sheriff''s office. We look forward to continuing to work with him to keep moving the needle forward!

Luke Distelhorst
Edmonds City Council Position 2

Luke's leadership on the Edmonds City Council has been invaluable. The Alliance is excited to work with Luke on implementing police accountability and reform at the city level.

Todd Donovan
Whatcom County Council District 2

Todd Donovan's commitment to alternatives to incarceration as a public safety strategy make him our choice for re-election to the county council. The Alliance looks forward to a closer partnership with Donovan to support his work investing Whatcom County's thriving communities.

Brandy Donaghy
Snohomish County Council District 5

Brandy Donaghy is a champion for building resilient communities, including supporting investments in upstream supports that can prevent the epidemic of gun violence. She will be a thoughtful new leader on the Snohomish County Council.

Mohamed Egal
SeaTac City Council Position 4

Mohamed Egal has dedicated his career to serving his community. His social work background will make him a valuable voice on SeaTac City Council.

Jim Ferrell
Federal Way Mayor

Jim Ferrell is committed to working with the Alliance to prioritize gun safety policy implementation in Federal Way and to center community in the future of public safety.

Katherine Festa
Federal Way City Council Position 4

Being as close to the Federal Way community as she is, Katherine will be a real step forward for the city council in centering those most impacted by gun violence in policy development and implementation.

Adrienne Fraley-Monillas
Edmonds City Council District 3

As a city councilmember, Adrienne Fraley-Monillas has shown dedication to the fight to end gun violence, working with the mayor on Edmonds' safe storage initiative. We are confident she will continue to be an active partner in keeping our communities safe.

Chris Franco
King County Council District 9

As an experienced leader, veteran Army Captain Chris Franco will bring his passionate but thoughtful approach to the King County Council. Veteran suicide is far too prevalent in our community and we look forward to working alongside Chris to address this issue.

Cassie Franklin
Everett Mayor

Mayor Franklin has been a great partner in preventing gun violence in Everett, and we at the Alliance look forward to her continued leadership.

Kaylee Galloway
Whatcom County County Council District 1

Kaylee Galloway's extensive government experience would make her a valuable member of the Whatcom County Council. She understands the importance of effective implementation of gun safety laws and would be a strong ally in the fight to end gun violence.

Toshiko Grace Hasegawa
Seattle/King County Port Commission Position 4

Toshiko is a dedicated advocate for community oversight and accountability. We're excited about the deep understanding of the complexities of the Seattle Port and trust she will be an effective steward of community priorities to reduce preventable gun violence.

Jennifer Gregerson
Mukilteo Mayor

There are few city leaders who understand the importance of gun responsibility policies like Jennifer Gregerson. She has been a vocal advocate in keeping firearms out of the hands of those intent on causing harm. We look forward to her continued championship in Mukilteo.

Iris Guzman
SeaTac Position 6

SeaTac deserves the kind of thoughtful and community-centered leadership that Iris Guzman is pledging to bring to council. We believe Guzman has the professional experience and tenacity to strengthen SeaTac's approach to gun violence prevention.

Bill Hanawalt
Tacoma School Board District 5

As a community mentor, Bill Hanawalt has a lens into community that is important for keeping Tacoma students safe in and out of the classroom.

Lacrecia Hill
Spokane City Council District 3

Lacrecia Hill brings experience and expertise to the fight against gun violence. She understands that local leaders have an essential role to play in implementing gun safety laws. She is our pick for Spokane City Council.

Pete Holmes
Seattle City Attorney

Pete Holmes has been a tireless leader in the fight against gun violence. Holmes has been an active ally and collaborator in making our gun laws work, supporting community programs, and developing litigation strategies that push back on the gun lobby.

Luc Jasmin
Spokane City Council District 1

As an already accomplished leader in the Spokane community, Luc will be an ally on council for youth and community-centered approaches to gun violence. We're proud to endorse Luc!

Kelly Krieger
Port Commission District 2

We are excited to collaborate with Kelly as she leans into violence prevention as a port commissioner and works to raise GVP in intersecting policy spaces.

Ruth Lipscomb
Bellevue City Council Position 4

Ruth is a talented and tireless advocate who has shown publicly her values and commitment to a more equitable and safe Bellevue. We're excited to support this champion for gun violence prevention on the Bellevue council.

Kristina Martens
Bellingham City Council District 7

Kristina Martens understands that gun violence is a complex challenge and comes in many forms. Her experience as a community organizer and commitment to racial justice make her the right pick for Bellingham City Council.

Krystal Marx
Burien City Council Position 7

Krystal Marx is a gun responsibility champion, advocating for ERPOs and other gun violence prevention solutions in Burien and across King County. We look forward to her continued leadership!

Chelsea McElroy
Tacoma School Board Position 4

Chelsea McElroy has the ideas and energy to bring resources and equity to all of Tacoma's students. She is a leader in her community and in her work with children and youth. The Alliance for Gun Responsibility is proud to endorse such a champion for our kids.

Teresa Mosqueda
Seattle City Council at large Position 8

Teresa Mosqueda is a true champion for Seattle families. She has been an important and critical voice in support of making the investments our partners in community need to continue delivering life-saving program work.

Nikkita Oliver
Seattle City Council D9

Nikkita has dedicated their work in Seattle to anti-violence, community building work and has proven an invaluable community leader. They have a clear commitment to a public health approach for violence reduction that is rooted in addressing systemic inequities and advancing solutions that are accessible and culturally responsive.

Shukri Olow
King County Council District 5

Shukri Olow is the kind of dynamic and innovative thinker King County deserves. As a leader in community we trust Shukri to work on behalf of community-centered approaches to reducing gun violence and will support communities accessing existing tools and programs to reduce gun violence. The Alliance Victory Fund is proud to endorse Shukri for King County Council.

Dontae Payne
Olympia City Council Position 6

Dontae Payne's experience in the military and in state government make him the right choice for Olympia City Council. He will be a valuable voice and strong advocate in the fight to end gun violence in all its forms.

Sarah Perry
King County Council District 3

Sarah Perry is a committed community organizer, and we trust that, once in office, she will continue to prioritize gun violence prevention work to keep all our communities safe in King County.

Carmen Rivera
Renton City Council Position 2

As a committed researcher, Carmen Rivera will bring a data-driven and community-centered approach to reducing gun violence. We are excited to support this brilliant candidate for office in Renton.

Sarah Rumbaugh
Tacoma City Council District 2

Sarah Rumbaugh knows that passing stronger gun laws is only one part of keeping our communities safe. Her dedication to improving implementation and accessibility of public safety laws makes her our pick for Tacoma City Council.

Don Schwab
Everett City Council Position 3

The Alliance stands ready to support Don in implementing police accountability legislation with the Everett City Council. Don's collaborative nature will serve the citizens of Everett in making sure their community is as safe as can be.

Renae Seam
Federal Way City Council Position 6

A firearm owner herself, Renae knows how important responsible ownership is and seeks to bring that knowledge to the Federal Way City Council. The Alliance looks forward to partnering with Renae in implementing increased police accountability measures and bringing transparency to the process.

Joyce Shui
Bellevue School Board Position 3

Joyce Shui understands that school board members have a critical role to play in the fight to prevent gun violence. Her personal and professional experience will make her a strong advocate for Bellevue students and families.

Jacob Simpson
Seatac City Council Position 3

Jake Simpson is a committed community organizer with a passion for connecting individuals and families with the resources to thrive. We applaud his work in building livable communities and are excited to partner with him on efforts to prevent gun violence in SeaTac.

Melissa Stuart
Redmond City Council Position 4

Melissa Stuart is committed to fighting for safer, more inclusive communities and to creating transparent and responsive local government. She is our pick for Redmond City Council.

Penny Sweet
Kirkland City Council Position 3

Mayor Penny Sweet is a committed partner in the fight against gun violence. Her leadership in Kirkland is a model for the county and state, and we applaud the efforts she has already made to be a voice for commonsense and responsibility. Thank you Mayor Sweet for your leadership!

Brianna Thomas
Seattle City Council D9

Through her work as a staff member with city council, Brianna has helped make gun violence prevention progress in the city possible. She has the experience and passion to make good on her promise to continue Seattle's commitment to preventing gun violence and keeping our communities safe.

Han Tran
Bothell City Council Position 1

Han has a clear vision for the future of the Bothell City Council, and we at the Alliance are ready to get going on implementing GVP and police accountability legislation at the city level.

Catherine Ushka
Tacoma City Council District 4

On Tacoma City Council and as a Board member of Tacoma Pierce County Health Department, Catherine Ushka has prioritized violence prevention, research, and action. We trust Ushka to continue in this tradition on Tacoma City Council.

Kim-Khanh Van
King County Council District 9

Kim-Khanh Van has an important voice and lived experience that, if elected, would allow the King County Council to better serve all of our communities. We believe Kim has the commitment and passion to serve us well.

Liz Vogeli
Everett City Council District 4

Liz Vogeli is a dedicated gun responsibility advocate. Her passion about equity, behavioral health, and gun violence prevention make her a strong and vital leader.

Jessica Wadhams
Lake Stevens City Council Position 6

Jessica Wadhams has proven to be committed to creating a safer, more equitable future in Lake Stevens. She understands that public education is a key part of the fight to end gun violence. She is the right choice for Lake Stevens City Council.

Skip Williams
Bellingham City Council District 4

Skip Williams is a dedicated community leader who has spent time getting to know the challenges facing Bellingham. He is committed to investing in upstream solutions that will prevent gun violence.

Victoria Woodards
Tacoma Mayor

As Mayor, Victoria Woodards has shown her dedication to keeping all Tacomans safe. She is committed to being a proactive partner in the fight to address gun violence in all its forms.